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FLR 17 Girls ROC Preview: 10 Of Top 15 In State Go Head To Head Todd Grasley Sep 28, 2016

If there is one particular race I am looking forward to the most at this year's Invitational 17 it's the girls Race of Champions. The field includes ten of the top fifteen girls in the state, plus two of the top teams in 2014 and 2015 4A state champions Winter Park, and Pine Crest the 2A runner-up the past four years. We take a look at both the individual and team battles.

FLR 17 Boys ROC Preview: Can Belen Return To Podium, Overthrow Defending Champs Trinity Prep & GA's Woodstock? Todd Grasley Sep 28, 2016

The Invitational boys Race of Champions will feature sixteen of the top teams and individuals in the state of Florida with 2A power Trinity Prep and 3A power Belen Jesuit leading the way along with Woodstock who makes the trek down from Georgia. On the individual front, only three runners in the field have broken sixteen minutes in Caleb Pottorff, Joshua Collins, and Mason Jones. We take a look at what fans can expect to see on both the team and individual fronts come Saturday morning.

Fear The Freshmen: Four Girls Who Can Contend For ROC Crown Todd Grasley Sep 28, 2016

The main event at Invitational 17 will be both the boys and girls Race of Champions.  The girl's race will feature ten of the top 15 ranked girls in the state of Florida including #1 Amanda Beach and #2 Bailey Hertenstein. Beach, a senior at Melbourne Central Catholic, and the state leader will be tested up front by defending 4A state champion and meet champion Hertenstein, as well as 2015 4A state champion Rafaella Gibbons of Winter Park who is making her Invitational debut. However don't count out four South Florida freshmen who are out to shake up the field. Meet Ali Del Re, Tsion Yared, Valerie Lastra, and Natalie Varela.

VOTE: Girls Performance Of The Week - Yared Picks Up Another Victory, Wins Pine Crest CC Invitational Todd Grasley Sep 28, 2016

Pine Crest freshman Tsion Yared will face a tough test in Saturday's Invitational 17 Race of Champions, but she has proved she is back to her 2014 state champion form early on this year. Yared won her second race of the season, the Pine Crest Cross Country Invitational, in a season best time of 18:11.18. Did she do enough to win your vote? You decide. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday.

Florida Virtual State Meet Projections By Classifications Todd Grasley Sep 27, 2016

The state meet is less than two months away and it is never to start looking at who is projected to be the favorites in Tallahassee. Below you can find links to the virtual meet rankings for all classifications in the state of Florida based on current season best performances in the MileSplit database as of September 27th. Customize and adjust the virtual meets as you see fit! Invitational Girls A-T Rankings: Brasovan's 16:41.42 By Far The Best Todd Grasley Sep 27, 2016

The Invitational meet record has stood for the last ten years by Wellington's Ashley Brasovan who steamrolled the competition at FLR 7 on the fields of Ed Radice Park in Tampa. Brasovan's time of 16:41.42 is the fastest by nearly 20 seconds. 24 runners have broke 18 minutes in meet history, while the 25th best of all-time is 2015 meet champion Bailey Hertenstein who won in 18:02.40, and is coming off a 17 minute performance this past weekend. We look at the fastest 500 girls in Invitational history. Invitational Boys A-T Rankings: Clark, Pickering 1-2 In One Of Best Races In Meet History Todd Grasley Sep 27, 2016

Jimmy Clark and Ryan Pickering's epic battle in 2010 produced the top two times ever in meet history, 14:53.29 and 14:55.48, one year after Matt Mizereck and Armando DelValle went 14:56.21 and 14:56.84. That quartet are the only athletes to ever break 15 minutes while 29 have gone under 15:30 in the past 17 years. We take a look at the top 500 all-time best boys times at the Invitational. 

FLR 17: Comparing The ROC Favorites: Hertenstein Vs. Beach, Collins Vs. Pottorff Todd Grasley Sep 27, 2016

Everyone loves a good head to head match up and we will see plenty of those at Invitational 17 especially in the race of champions including  FL#1 Amanda Beach Vs. FL#2 Bailey Hertenstein and FL#2 Joshua Collins Vs. FL#3 Caleb Pottorff. We take a look at how they've fared in previous match ups on the track and on the cross country as well as strictly by times using our compare athletes feature to see who has the best shot at pulling out the victory this weekend.

Titusville Senior Mason Jones Has Eyes Set On Top Five Finish At FLR17 Todd Grasley Sep 27, 2016

Titusville senior Mason Jones is one of the top entrants in the boys Race of Champions at this weekend's Invitational 17. Jones finished second at the recent UF Mt. Dew Invitational and placed in the top two in each of his races this season. We caught up with the Terrier who will be making the short trip to Chain of Lakes Park, about  this weekend's race.

Who's In: flrunners Invitational 17 Elite Divisions Announced! Todd Grasley Sep 26, 2016 Invitational 17 is going to be off the chain with sweet aqua blue meet t-shirts, an athlete recovery area, BBQ food truck, DJ, and special guest 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano! The competition will not only be some of the best and biggest in the state of Florida, but the southeast as well with over 300 teams and more than 3,000 athletes. Here are this year's teams entered in Saturday's Elite Divisions, the Race Of Champions and Invitational races.

Rankings Explosion! Top 5,000 Girls 5K Times - 51 Girls Under 19:30 Todd Grasley Sep 26, 2016

Two girls added their names to the sub 18 club in 2016 with Bailey Hertenstein and Kayley Delay running 17:54.30 and 17:55 respectively, but none is faster than the 17:47.60 from Melbourne Central Catholic's Amanda Beach. Fourth through eighth in the rankings belong to freshman, while 51 girls have run under 19:30 this season. We have pulled out massive amounts of data to showcase the top 5000 boys 5K times of the 2016 season in the state of the Florida. Where do you rank now and where will you end up at season's end?

Rankings Explosion! Top 5,000 Boys 5K Times - Matthew Newland 10th Runner Under 16 Minutes Todd Grasley Sep 26, 2016

Charles Hicks headlines our rankings explosion. The Bolles sophomore is the state leader and one of ten athlete to run under 16 minutes in 2016 including Chiles junior Matthew Newland (pictured above) . We have pulled out massive amounts of data to showcase the top 5000 boys 5K times of the 2016 season in the state of the Florida. Where do you rank now and where will you end up at season's end?

Who Won The Week? Girls All-State Results Merge - Hertenstein, Delay Join Beach In Sub 18 Club Todd Grasley Sep 26, 2016

Defending 4A Cross Country Finals state champion Bailey Hertenstein and 2015 4A runner-up Kayley Delay added their names to the sub 18 minute club for the 2016 season. Hertenstein had the fastest time of the weekend running 17:54.30 at the North Port XC Invitational while Delay was first at the Katie Caples Invitational in 17:55.00. We merged the results from across the state to find out who won the weekend.

Who Won The Week? Boys All-State Results Merge - Collins Captures Win & Fastest Time Of Week 5 Todd Grasley Sep 26, 2016

Belen Jesuit junior Joshua Collins set a new PR at the 2016 UF Mt. Dew Invitational with a time of 15:44.76, the third fastest time in Florida. Collins, who helped the Wolverines win the seeded race team title, was one of three runners to break 16 minutes, joining state leader Charles Hicks (15:49.00), and UF Mt. Dew Invitational runner-up Mason Jones (15:57.46). We merged results from every meet across the state to find out the top 500 times and who won the weekend.

What Would You Do? Runner Collapses: Finish The Race Or Seek Medical Attention? Todd Grasley Sep 25, 2016

It's a situation no athlete or coach wants to be involved in. Running a 5k is hard enough, but add in the sweltering Florida heat and humidity, and it can be flat out dangerous. I've witnessed numerous distance runners fall victim to dehydration, fatigue, and collapse at various points in the course, including seconds away from the finish. That very instance happened at the UF Mt. Dew Invitational in the boy's seeded race when hometown Buchholz senior Calum McFetridge took the lead after the two mile mark and says he felt decent before everything came tumbling down.

WATCH: Bolles Sweeps Team Titles, Hicks & Delay Dominate, All Videos From Katie Caples Inv. Todd Grasley Sep 25, 2016

The Bolles boys and Bolles girls ranked first and second respectively in our Saucony Flo 50 team rankings showed why they are two of the best in the state after both team titles against a loaded field at the Katie Caples Invitational this weekend at Bishop Kenny High School. The Bolles boys won with sophomore standout and state leader Charles Hicks paving the way in 15:49. On the girl's side, Fletcher's Kayley Delay remained undefeated dipping under 18 minutes with a FL#3 mark of 17:55.

Katie Caples Featured Photo Album: Delay Dazzles Under Saturday Night Lights Todd Grasley Sep 25, 2016

Kayley Delay ran a FL#3 time of 17:55 at the Katie Caples Invitational in Jacksonville Saturday night. Equally impressive as her time was the quality of competition she beat with names like Caitlin Collier of Bolles, Alyson Churchill of Lincoln and Ana Wallace of Chiles just to name a few, as well as several of our Saucony Flo 50 top girls teams. Cedric Gillette was on-site and captured over 1,250 photos of all the action!

Featured Photo Album: The Reason They Call It The Gulf Coast Stampede Todd Grasley Sep 25, 2016

Teams from all over the Southeast US including Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia made their way to Pensacola in the panhandle for the Gulf Coast XC Stampede. If you ever wondered how the meet got it's name look at the cover photo and wonder no more with dozens of teams and over a thousand athlete it's no wonder. Dave Shelikoff was on-site and captured just over 1,000 photos from the day's events.